Overtime

by , under Flash Fiction, Sunday Photo Fiction

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I’m sure you saw the newsreels. The whole damn country watched ’em. Hundred-foot tall ape climbs the Empire State clutching a dame in his sweaty mitt, swatting down the Army’s planes like they was flies. Oh, they got him all right, and then come the intellectuals from the college wanting to study him, the reporters looking for a new angle on a story everybody was covering,  the politicians eager to earn some points with the public.

But after that, after they hooked up a crane and hauled the giant corpse out to Fresh Kills so chop into pieces small enough to fit into the incinerator, after the people and the cops and the photographers all went home–that’s where we come in. We work for the City. Our regular job is to keep the sidewalks swept, the ash cans empty. It’s easy work, mostly. A little cold in winter, a little hot in summer, but it’s necessary. Best of all, it’s regular.

Except when something like this happens. Then we’re working overtime for as long as they tell us to.

I probably won’t see my family for a month, not that they mind so much.

 

 

  1. Iain Kelly

    Great idea, the street sweepers and cleaners that you never see in the films having to clear up after the destruction of the action scenes! Good one :-)

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  2. Lynn Love

    A really strong voice here and not overdone, very natural sound to it. Love that idea too, of the workers who toil behind the scenes when the big story’s over and there’s a giant gorilla to dispose of. Great stuff and a really original take on the pic

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  3. mandibelle16

    You feel bad King Kong ended how he did. A terrible way to be gotten ride of, no buriel or ashes scattered. But I guess you expect that from a city government who doesn’t much care about how long it’s workers have to work to fix a building. Harsh not seeing your family.

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